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  1. 1. International Journal of Engineering and Physical Sciences 6 2012 On the Problem of Novel Composite Materials Development for Car Brake Rotor P. R. K. Fu, A. Gorin, D. Sujan, Z. Oo Abstract—This paper presents a study of the potential materials This will most likely lead to warping of the discthat are suitable for the development of the automotive brake disc. brake.Therefore, higher thermal conductivity and higherTwo new materials are proposed as an alternative material to the specific heat capacity are most preferred to promote efficientconventionally used gray cast iron for the disc brake, which are thermal energy dissipation and hence avoid the overheating ofnamely Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) and Functionally GradedMaterial (FGM). MMCs with ceramic particulate reinforcement are the disc brake. Subsequently, this leads to the development offound to have a low density and high thermal conductivity compared advanced materials for the disc the cast irons. Two particulate reinforcements, Al2O3 and SiC were The main contribution of this paper is two-fold. First, webeing considered for MMC. On the other hand, FGM has fabricate the two proposed materials. Second, we perform ademonstrated high thermal shock resistance, better wear resistance study on these materials, specifically their hardness propertyand low density. Preliminary investigation indicated that MMC and their characteristic results are analyzed towards the end ofacquired improved hardness property. Meanwhile, the hardnessproperty of FGM with Al2O3 and Al2TiO5 as layered composites this paper.materials can be further improved. The rest of this paper is organized as follows. The detailed description of MMC and FGM are reported in Section II and Keywords—Automotive disc brake, functionally graded material, III respectively. Section IV listed the procedures required inmetal matrix composite our experimental work on the fabrication of MMC and FGM materials and the hardness test. The results derived from our I. INTRODUCTION experiments are analyzed and discussed in Section V.A N automotive brake disc is a device that slows or stops the motion of a wheel while it runs at a certain speed. Theconstruction of an adequate brake disc that satisfies the Concluding remarks are drawn in Section VI. II. METAL MATRIX COMPOSITEincreasing demand for low maintenance car has been a popular A composite material is a material consisting of two or moreresearch in the automotive manufacturing area. physically and/or chemically distinct phases. The reinforcing In general, an automobile brake system consists of a brake component is distributed in the continuous or matrixdisc and brake pads in order to maintain a steady friction component. When the matrix is a metal, the composite iscoefficient. Braking system is a vital safety component of the termed as Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) [4]. MMCs areground-based transportation systems. Thus the structural popular substitute materials for automotive, satellite systems,materials used in developing the brakes have to fulfil a series ballistic protection, general industries, sporting goods, aviationof functions. They ought to be dependable, durable, corrosion and are also vastly applied in other engineering fields. This isresistant, structurally sound, and economically viable [1]. Most because MMC possesses excellent mechanical properties anddisc brake rotors in use today are made from gray cast iron, wear resistance. Research showed that the wear resistance oftypically containing 2% to 4.5% dissolved carbon within its the MMC can be attributed to the strength and hardness of thematrix and various additives as well [2]. Due to its low cost, SiC particles [3]. If the SiC particles remain well bonded to therelatively ease of manufacture and thermal stability, cast iron matrix during the sliding wear process, the aluminium matrixis a more specialized material for brake applications surrounding them will be worn away and all contacts will beparticularly for almost all the automotive brake dics. Gray cast between the friction material and SiC particles in theiron possesses low thermal conductivity (47.3W/m°C) and low composite. Therefore, the wear resistance of the composites isspecific heat capacity (0.498J/g.K) [3]. The hydraulic related to the hardness property of the SiC particles. Inpressure exerted during typical braking procedures, lies addition, Zhang and Wang [5] found that the frictionbetween 2MPa and 4 MPa. Friction makes rotor reach (within performances and wear resistance for brake material slidinga very small periods of time), temperatures as high as 800°C, against drum brake with large-size SiC particles are better thanresulting in a thermal gradient between the surface and the those against the drum brakes with small-size SiC particles.core of the rotors, which may reach up to 500°C. Other than that, Tatar and Ozdemir [6] found that the thermal conductivity of the Al2O3 particulate reinforced aluminium P. R. K. Fu is with Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus, composites (Al/Al2O3-MMC) decreased with the increasing ofCDT 250, 98009 Miri (phone: +6085-443939; e-mail: Al2O3 volume fraction. They found that Al-MMC 45 vol% A. Gorin was with Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus. He Al2O3 showed a lower thermal conductivity as compared to Al-is now with the Department of Chemical Engineering, Swinburne University MMC 15 vol% Al2O3. Hence in this paper, the hardnessof Technology Sarawak Campus, Jalan Simpang Tiga, 93350 Kuching (e-mail: property is investigated by varying the weight fraction (from D. Sujan is with the Mechanical Engineering Department, Curtin 5% to 15%) of the reinforcement particles (SiC and Al2O3) inUniversity of Technology Sarawak Campus, 98009 Miri (e-mail: the MMC. Other than that, large-size SiC particles will be Z. Oo is with Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus, CDT as well.250, 98009 Miri (email: 333
  2. 2. International Journal of Engineering and Physical Sciences 6 2012 III. FUNCTIONALLY GRADED MATERIAL among the metal matrix more evenly [11]. Stirring was done Functionally graded materials (FGM) are defined as those for 4 intervals, every 30 minutes for a duration time of 2 to 3materials in which the volume fraction of two or more minutes. Stirring must not be done vigorously to avoid airconstituents is varied smoothly and continuously as a function bubbles and impurities on the surface because that could leadof position along certain dimension(s) of the structure [7]. to porosity. In order to achieve proper dispersion of particlesFunctionally Graded Materials (FGM) has demonstrated to be among the matrix metal, the temperature was reduced toadvantageous beyond mechanical applications extending to 550°C. This was done to allow the liquid mixture to turn into aelectronic, optical, nuclear, biomedical, and other fields. semi solid state so that when force was applied onto the Low et al [8] found that layered graded materials (LGM) particles, there would be abrasive collision between bothformed by a homogeneous Al2O3 layer and a graded particles and matrix metal. After the final stirring, the moltenheterogeneous Al2TiO5/Al2O3 layer exhibited a relatively ‘soft’ metal composite was left to cool in the furnace overnight tosurface that encased a hard core. The presence of the ‘soft’ avoid rapid cooling. The final casted Al-MMC product wassurface regions is due to the high concentration of Al2TiO5, then machined into specific specimen sizes. The abovewhich displays a low hardness value. Bueno et al [9] suggested experimental procedures were repeated with Al2O3 as thethat further studies be conducted to establish the effect of reinforcement particles.different stacking orders and layer thickness on the mechanical B. Functionally Graded Materialbehaviour of the laminates. The method they have used in Aluminium titanate powder was created by properlymanufacturing the layered composites was slip casting. They synthesizing the rutile and alumina (Al2O3 + TiO2 → Al2TiO5)discovered that laminated layer Al2O3-Al2TiO5 composite’s provided and milled using a Rocklab ring mill. The primarythermal conductivity similar to that of alumina (35.6W/m°C) focus of sample preparation was the creation of thin interface[10]. The laminated layer Al2O3-Al2TiO5 composite showed of graded Al2O3/Al2TiO5 composite layers sandwichedlow wear rates. between an outer layer of Al2O3 and an inner layer of In this paper, the hardness property of FGM formed by Al2TiO5. Only three graded layers were included in most ofsandwiching thin interface of graded Al2O3/Al2TiO5 composite the samples comprising of a 75% Al2O3 / 25% Al2TiO5 gradelayers between an outer layer of Al2O3 and an inner layer of located next to the Al2O3 outermost layer followed by a 50%Al2TiO5 is studied. Al2O3 / 50% Al2TiO5 grade then a 25% Al2O3 / 75% Al2TiO5 grade which was located next to the Al2TiO5 innermost layer IV. EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURE (Figure 1). Layering was done by the use of a 15 mm inner The materials used for fabricating MMC are aluminium diameter cylindrical steel die. 2 mm thickness of Al2TiO5 wasalloy A356 as a matrix material and silicon carbide, SiC placed first into the die before a layer of 25% Al2O3 / 75%(105µm) as reinforcement particles. MMC is being fabricated Al2TiO5 was placed on top, followed by 50% Al2O3 / 50%by melting the metal in a furnace then reinforcement particles Al2TiO5, 75% Al2O3 / 25% Al2TiO5 and finally 1 – 4 mm ofare being added in and stirred slowly. As for FGM, Al2O3. The graded layers varied in thickness with either all ofcommercial rutile (TiO2) and alumina (Al2O3) were used as them being 0.1 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm or 0.7 mm thick. Thematerials. Uniaxial press is used to sandwich the graded layers samples were then uniaxially pressed at 5000 PSI for 20together. seconds by a Blackhawk Uniaxial Press. Three batches of A. Metal Matrix Composite graded materials were produced, all at varied sintering temperatures and methods of pressing. The first batch Aluminium alloy A356 rods were first cut into smaller comprised of non-graded, 0.1 mm graded layers, 0.3 mmpieces with each 1cm thickness. 500g of 1cm thickness with graded layers, 0.5 mm graded layers, 0.7 mm graded layerseach piece of aluminium alloy and 3 wt% of magnesium and four 50/50 graded layer (0.1 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm and 0.7(wetting agent) were melted in the furnace at temperature of mm) samples that were sintered at 1500°C for an hour. The700°C. Preheated reinforcement particles of silicon carbide second batch comprised of non-graded, 0.1 mm graded layers,were then added into the molten aluminium alloy. The 0.3 mm graded layers and 0.5 mm graded layers samples thatreinforced particles were preheated beforehand at 900°C in the were cold isostatically pressed and sintered at 1550°C for 1 ½furnace to remove all the moisture on the particles’ surface for hours. The final batch was comprised of non-graded, 0.1 mmbetter binding results. The compositions of composite graded layers, 0.3 mm graded layers and 0.5 mm graded layersmaterials that were being fabricated were: Al with 0% SiC, Al samples that were sintered at 1515°C for an hour.with 5% SiC, Al with 10% SiC, Al with 15% SiC all withdifferent weight percentage. Silicon carbide was added into themolten metal matrix using the vortex method. Vortex wascreated by stirring the molten material manually at a rapidspeed. Silicon carbide was then added at the side of the vortexand stirring was done continuously for a few minutes. Thevortex method is believed to be able to distribute the particles Fig. 1 Graded layers FGM design 334
  3. 3. International Journal of Engineering and Physical Sciences 6 2012 C. Hardness Testing Procedure for MMC B. Hardness Results for FGM Hardness test was being carried out by the Rockwell In Fig. 4, the highest hardness value in the FGM can be seenhardness test apparatus. For this hardness test on the MMC at the beginning of the alumina layer. The hardness valuessamples, the scale HRB was used. Based on the HRB scale, a decreased until it reached very low results of 0.4 GPa by theload 100kgf is to be applied on the MMC sample through a end of the first graded layer, 75% Al2O3 / 25% Al2TiO5.1/16 inch diameter spherical shaped steel indenter. The load Hardness in the homogeneous alumina layer should have beenwas applied to the sample for a time of 10 seconds and the of a higher value as this layer should provide resistance tohardness values were obtained immediately from the deformation by surface indenting or abrasion. This could haveapparatus. been done in a number of ways such as using fillers or D.Hardness Testing Procedure for FGM reinforcements in the alumina matrix. Another method of Vickers microhardness testing was utilized to calculate improving the protective properties of the homogeneoushardness across the cross section of selected samples from the alumina layer would be to increase the thickness of the layerfirst two batches of the functionally graded materials (FGM) therefore it will take a higher load in order for cracks tosamples prepared. The selected samples consisting of non- propagate towards the first graded layer.graded, 0.1 mm graded, 0.3 mm graded, 0.5 mm graded and 180.7 mm graded samples were mounted in resin and the cross 16section was polished from 20 µm surface roughness to 1 µmsurface roughness. Samples were indented across the cross 14 Vickers Hardness (GPa)section of the samples with an average of 6 indents per sample, 12starting from the alumina layer to the aluminium titanate layer. 10The resulting indent was then viewed under a microscope andmeasured for radial crack length and indent diameter in order 8to calculate hardness (GPa). 6 4 V. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION 2 A. Hardness Results for MMC 0 From Fig. 2 and Fig. 3, it can be observed that the hardness 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Distance (mm)property for MMC increased with the increased of particle 1500 1hr 0.7mm layers AL~4mm 1500 1hr 0.3mm layers AL~4mm 1500 1hr 0.5mm layers AL~4mmreinforcements (Al2O3 and SiC). 1550 1.5hr 0.3mm layers AL~2mm 1500 1hr 0.1mm layers AL~4mm 1550 1.5hr 0.1mm layers AL~2mm Fig. 4 Hardness results for different thickness of graded layers versus the distance of surface indenting VI. CONCLUSIONS A disc brake should acquire a combination of properties such as good thermal capacity, acceptable friction coefficient, good compressive strength, wear resistant and economically viable. From the experiments done, MMC showed improved hardness. However further investigation should be done on the hardness property in relation to the wear rate for MMC. As for FGM the hardness property can be improved by increasing the Fig. 2 The variation of the hardness values with weight fraction of alumina layer or using reinforcements in the alumina matrix. Al2O3 reinforcement particles around room temperature Further investigation on the mechanical behaviour ought to be performed, specifically for different stacking orders and layer thickness of FGM. REFERENCES [1] P. J. Blau, C. Brian. Jolly, J. Qu, W. H. Peter, C. A. Blue, “Tribological investigation of titanium-based materials for brakes,” in Wear, vol. 263, pp. 1202–1211, March 2007. [2] G. Cueva, A. Sinatora, W. L. Guesser, A. P. Tschiptschin, “Wear resistance of cast irons used in brake disc rotors,” in Wear, vol. 255, 2003, pp. 1256-1260. [3] A. Daoud, M. T. Abou El-khair, “Wear and friction behavior of sand cast brake rotor made of A359-20 vol% SiC particle composites sliding against automobile friction material,” in Tribology International, vol. Fig. 3 The variation of the hardness values with weight fraction of 43, pp. 544-553, October 2009. SiC reinforcement particles around room temperature 335
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